Food supply giant Moy Park has placed the largest ever order for natural gas trucks in the UK with Iveco to help ‘greenify’ its logistics operation.
Supplied by South West Truck & Van in Avonmouth, the 50 Iveco ECO AS440S46TX/P LNG Stralis NP 460 tractors, will be run out of the company’s Sleaford and Ashbourne facilities.
The trucks will run on 100% Bio-LNG which will be sourced through anaerobic digestion with Roadgas commissioning an on-site refuelling station and providing training for those involved in its operation.
The creation of gas fuels through anaerobic digestion means that Moy Park can take advantage of emissions reductions, negating waste output by collecting the gases given off for vehicle fuel while solids can be used as fertiliser for farms.
Moy Park has maintained a zero waste to landfill policy since 2015.
Iveco Capital ops lease
The new biogas trucks will be run on a five-year Iveco Capital ops lease and are expected to cover around 100,000 miles per year.
Moy Park estimates that moving LNG will offset around 5,600 tonnes of CO2 annually.
And by running day and night to maximise efficiency, all the trucks will return to base for refuelling and have been specified with a tank capacity to give a range of 400 miles.
While natural gas can deliver an uplift in fuel efficiency over its diesel counterpart, it also reduces CO2 emissions by up to 95% when operating on biomethane fuels.
Iveco natural gas trucks can run at just 71dB to help circumvent noise pollution restrictions which makes it an ideal partner for the urban leg of any mission or night-time deliveries.
Natural Power Stralis
The Natural Power Stralis will operate on a mixture of routes, delivering food products to regional delivery hubs and directly into a variety of supermarkets.
Moy Park’s director of logistics, Hugh Nicholson, said: “In-house trials have demonstrated that vehicles running on biomethane reduced CO2 emissions by more than 80%. Following these extensive trials of alternative fuels and vehicle providers, we are investing in 50 liquefied natural gas HGV trucks from Iveco.
“This is a huge step forward in transitioning our own entire core fleet of 120 tractor units to gas by 2023, and we also plan to work with our third-party logistics partners in their CO2 reduction programmes as part of our overall Net Zero Carbon strategy.”
He added: “So much transport is on the roads by necessity, therefore road haulage is a key opportunity for us to reduce carbon emissions. Our transport team has been driving carbon reduction initiatives for several years, for example through increasing the use of hi-capacity trailers.
“This delivery of LNG tractor units is a further step towards Net Zero of our logistics operations. Caring for the environment is embedded in our ethos and the logistics strategy feeds into our wider business sustainability commitments.”